The Administrative Division of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office consists of the Sheriff, Chief Deputy and a number of sub-units including Community Relations, Employee Services, Fiscal, and Legal. Many of the day to day operations of the agency begin or end in this division.
The Sheriff is an elected official who derives his authority, duties and responsibilities from the Ohio Revised Code(ORC). The Sheriff is sworn to uphold the duties and responsibilities of his office and to uphold laws established by the United States and Ohio Constitutions.
The Sheriff appoints Deputy Sheriffs to perform the duties and responsibilities of the Sheriff's Office and he regulates the powers and authority of the Deputies in accordance with departmental requirements, needs and assignments.
The Chief Deputy of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is the highest, non-elected, law enforcement position in Hamilton County and is second in command of the Sheriff's Office. The Chief Deputy is responsible for the day to day operations of the Sheriff's Office. The Chief Deputy is the commanding officer of over 1,000 Sheriff's uniformed and support personnel.
This section is the central source of information for all media requests. Community Relations also responds to queries from citizens in general. The Section gathers information for dissemination to local, state, national and international media. Jim Knapp is available for response to media requests each day and hour of the week.
In addition to media and citizen queries, the Section also prepares a monthly newsletter, assists in preparing Sheriff's Office General and Special Orders, manages the Criminal Justice Student Placement Program, assists in coordinating public events, such as parades, safety and law enforcement displays.
Office of Media and Public Relations
1000 Sycamore St. Room 110
Cincinnati, OH 45202
The Fiscal Section has two units, the Fiscal Unit and the Employee Services Unit, both managed by Fiscal Officer Connie M. Bernard.
The Fiscal Unit is responsible for many duties, including processing the distribution of proceeds in foreclosure or levy actions, preparing and overseeing the Sheriff's Office budget, handling forfeited monies and making the proper distribution of those funds. The Fiscal Unit is also the central repository for al revenues, including grants, fines and fees.
Employee Services Unit is the human resources arm of the Sheriff's Office. This Unit processes payroll for all the Sheriff's employees and handles all leave requests, worker's compensation claims, and health care benefits.